Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Simple and Savory BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Arla Dofino Cheese - #HavartiParty

I was lucky enough to be able to try Arla Dofino cheese through BzzAgent and I'm hooked. I will admit that initially I had a really hard time tracking down this cheese, but eventually did find it at Walmart (we rarely shop there anymore and stick to Meijer, Sam's Club or VG's).



Arla Dofino offers a delicious range of family-friendly cheeses in varieties like Havarti, Gouda, Edam and Fontina. An added bonus is that they’re made with only a few natural ingredients and no added hormones. I used my coupon to sample the creamy havarti. The creamy havarti is a creamy, buttery, gentle and semi soft cheese with a mellow aroma. This cheese is perfect on burgers, tacos, by itself, and my favorite...on a BBQ chicken sandwich with coleslaw!



Simple and Savory BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients:
French bread (we like the everything variety, but regular or wheat works too)
Rotisserie chicken (or baked/grilled) - shredded into bite size pieces. 
Coleslaw (packaged or homemade - recipe below)
BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's is my favorite)
Arla Dofino Creamy Havarti cheese - sliced
Red onion - thin slices
Butter
Garlic seasoning

  1. Turn oven broiler on.
  2. Cut french bread into 1 inch slices. Butter each side with butter and garlic seasoning and place under broiler until golden brown. Flip, and repeat on opposite side.
  3. Layer one slice of bread with BBQ sauce, shredded chicken, sliced red onion, and havarti cheese.
  4. Place under broiler to melt cheese.
  5. Top with generous portion of coleslaw and top with slice of toasted bread.
  6. ENJOY! 
Seriously easy and quick. Looks, and taste gourmet without a ton of work.


For a quick homemade slaw, mix the following ingredients together, chill and serve:

1 bag (16 ounce) coleslaw mix 
2/3 cup Miracle Whip 
1/8 cup sugar
3 tablespoons milk 
2 tablespoons vinegar (I like apple cider vinegar)
1 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

How would you use this cheese? 
Have you tried this brand before or any of their other varieties? 

Disclosure: I received this product for free through BzzAgent, however all opinions are my own. 




Saturday, November 8, 2014

10 month Aiden update!

I remember thinking when Aiden was born that I was going to update in him monthly...well, 10 months later and I've failed terribly! >:(

Life's been crazy with an active baby around the house and somehow blogging has been pushed to the back burner. Now that he's becoming a lot more independent I'm hoping to be able to focus a bit more time to blogosphere because I miss it...and all of you! So hold me accountable, ok? :)

Anyways, little man is 10 months old! Holy crap, I can't believe that I need to start planning a first birthday party soon. Sheesh, it makes me kind of sad how quickly this has all went by.  We're so lucky to have the sweetest, most good natured kiddo ever. Like seriously, dream baby (well, everything except for his sleep, but it's getting better).

How He's Grown - We finally had his 9 month well baby visit and little man is long and lean. He's weighing 18lbs, 12 oz and at a height of 29 inches. He's 30% percentile for weight and 75% percentile for height. The weight gain has slowed, as has the height. Being lean and tall, has made it difficult at times to find pants that are long enough, but not too loose around the waist.

How He's Sleeping - This is by far the most inconsistent thing in our life right now. Some nights he sleeps the whole night through, others he's up every two to three hours. Lately (the past week), he's been sleeping through the night more often. The downside, he's been up at 4:30-5:30, but I think Daylight Savings Time also is messing that up. We started having Ryan go in at the middle of the night if Aiden was waking often. He was getting into the habit of having to nurse every.single.time, yet wasn't actually hungry.  Having Ryan go in to soothe him instead of me has made a difference and helped get Aiden into the habit of sleeping longer periods at night. The sleeping through the night has made naps a bit less predictable, and he's for the most part dropped to only one nap a day. I miss that second nap, but won't complain since I'm finally getting sleep at night!
There's his froggy lovey he can't sleep without.
What He's Eating - More like, what isn't he eating! He loves food...he's definitely our child. Haha! He's definitely not interested in eating baby foods anymore and wants more texture and to be able to feed himself. This past month, he's had a large interest in using the spoon and helping us guide it into his mouth. A few favorites: Popeye's pasta (creamed spinach sauce), oatmeal with fruit, tomato soup with rice, ravioli's, black bean burgers, & hash browns.
Spaghetti...another favorite!
What He's Doing - He's speed crawling, pulling up on everything, taking a few steps behind his walkalong toys, cruising along furniture, opening drawers, "reading" his books and really enjoying us reading to him. He's started to really become attached to a few toys and we had a minor blip when I left his lovey at my parents house! Thankfully his Papa came and dropped it off the next night! Phew! His favorite word is still "Mama", but "Baba" (dada) is following closely. Also starting to say "Hiiiiii" and "buh buh" for bye along with waving.

What He Loves - He absolutely adores his frog lovey from Carters. He has to go to bed with it each night. Also, his tiny tiger toy from Garanimals, Kohl's Cares dolphin stuffed toy, soft blocks, ball table and anything with wheels. It's so cute to watch him push the cars and trucks around. He's still digging his Fisher Price rain-forest Jumperoo as always.
video

What Else - Him and Maverick, our shihtzu are starting to become friends. Mav's still a bit reluctant at times, but Aiden's trying his best. Aiden's taken to feeding him from his high chair and always trying to give him toys. It's adorable.

We celebrated a good friends daughters first birthday! I always like to say that this is Aiden's future girlfriend! ;)

He also spent a day in downtown Detroit with his daddy watching me cross the finish line at the Detroit Free Press marathon where I ran in a relay team.


We also had a fun playdate at the beginning of the month at the Pumpkin Patch with a bunch of friends at Spicer Orchards. It was so great to see everyone and get all the babies together. I'm hoping to continue this and hopefully not go so long without seeing everyone.

I can't believe that we are less than 2 months away from a first birthday. I wish we could slow time down because it's flying by in a blur. I'm not ready for my baby to be a little boy!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Premier Protein #MixedBerrySmoothie Review

I was recently sent some Mixed Berry Smoothie's to try from Premier Protein. I was excited to receive this product as I'm always looking for fast, quick and affordable protein options. There are many mornings and afternoons where this would be a perfect energy boost, especially with a very active baby running around the house and being limited in time or on-the-go. These smoothies have a great balance of carbs, fats and proteins that provide a long-lasting source of energy.
Let me just say, I was shocked by how great these smoothies tasted.  I rarely, if ever, find protein drinks that I like and I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor and that they didn't taste chalky at all. They tasted awesome and definitely a product that I'll be purchasing!

Another thing that I really liked about this product is that it has 60% less sugar than the leading refrigerated protein smoothies. I find that most contained WAY too much sugar for my liking. Each serving has 5 grams of fiber, 15 grams of protein and 140 calories, which makes it a healthy, delicious choice for a morning boost. midday snack or post-workout fuel.

Since I'm still breastfeeding and continuously training for various running races (10k trail run this weekend!), I'm constantly trying to add additional protein to my diet to help keep my supply up and keep my body fueled. Nursing women need 20 grams more protein a day than they did before pregnancy to support milk production so having just one smoothie daily helps me to nearly reach that goal. Plus, it's also loaded with many other essential vitamins and minerals.
Check out all those nutritional stats friends!
Mom and baby approved!
If you're interested in trying these awesome smoothies yourself, check out the following links to grab a $4 off coupons from Meijer and/or Kroger (don't forget to #ShareGoodEnergy and these savings with others):
  • Meijer (its their mPerks so no printing necessary!)
  • Kroger (digital coupon to load onto shopping card)

Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for writing a blog review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.